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Police Officer’s Nose Knows: Tossed Cigarette Believed to be Behind Pizzeria Fire

A police officer’s keen sense of smell helped saved the day, resulting in only limited damage to the two pizzerias.

Uncle Andy’s and Crispelli’s Club Room are expected to open on Tuesday after recovering from the minimal water and fire damage from a patrons tossed cigarette. (Photo: Crispelli Bakery & Pizzeria's Facebook Page)
Uncle Andy’s and Crispelli’s Club Room are expected to open on Tuesday after recovering from the minimal water and fire damage from a patrons tossed cigarette. (Photo: Crispelli Bakery & Pizzeria's Facebook Page)

Fire authorities are crediting Berkley police officer who followed her nose Tuesday morning for minimal fire and water damage at a pair of popular pizzerias on Woodward Avenue, Crispelli’s Club Room and Uncle Andy’s.

The two side-by-side businesses caught fire after a patron carelessly discarded a cigarette, a patron carelessly discarded a cigarette, Berkley Fire Marshal Corey Miller told The Detroit News.

At 2:27 a.m. a police officer, who was not named, smelled smoke while on patrol near 12 Mile and Woodward Avenue. The officer traced the smell to Crispelli’s Club Room.

Berkley, Huntington Woods, Oak Park and Beverly Hills firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire. Surveillance videos show a customer behind the building tossing a cigarette into the shrubs, the believed cause of the blaze.

Investigators believe that the fire was an accident and no criminal charges are expected.

“The cigarette smoldered in the shrubbery,” Miller said. “When they caught the fire it spread into the eaves of the building.”

Firefighters went through a pizzeria next door called Uncle Andy’s Pizza, to ensure the fire hadn’t spread.

The fire and water damage to Uncle Andy’s and Crispelli’s Club Room wasn’t extensive, Miller said.

Both pizzerias are expected to be open Tuesday.


Mr. Michael July 10, 2014 at 09:48 AM
Really? No criminal charges? I see smokers flicking their still lit butts everywhere. Sounds like it's OK if someone wants to flick hot ciggys, start fires and not be held accountable for their actions criminally or financially? Find the fire starter, charge them and make them pay. To all you smokers who like to throw your hot butts out the car window…your car has an ashtray USE IT!
Mr. Michael July 10, 2014 at 09:50 AM
…and kudos to the police for sniffing out this fire before it was even noticeable. That's just good police work.
Aaron Birdseye July 10, 2014 at 04:38 PM
Way to go Berkley Police, Fire and surrounding departments for getting this under control quickly!

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